The team of @_Why includes Surge Dance CollectiveBrianna Law, Nadia Milford, Laura McNally as choreographers with all three artists also performing and being joined onstage by Reina Takeuchi.


We spoke about multiple waves of feminism and a driving force for this show being where the team find themselves in today’s social norms.



Anna Catherine

Anna Kallstrom is a professional dance artist, currently training with Lion Heart Dance Company as well as embarking on her own explorations and understanding of dance.


we talk about:

  • books
  • free studio space
  • using a video camera in rehearsals
  • labelling yourself

and much more!


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carlos johns-davila

Carlos Johns-Davila is a composer, in fact he composed all the sounds you here in this podcast.


Carlos is “fascinated with where this can go”. And is asking “where is the structure? where is the form?” Amongst his many other questions we talk about:


  • thinking sonically
  • seeing music vs hearing music when composing
  • arnold schoenberg
  • composing for dance
  • heritage and lineage
  • thinking sonically
  • rescoring
  • synesthesia as creative tool
  • pre-colonial music and instruments
  • “speculators in the creative process”
  • “is there room for play?”
  • canacho
  • foreign film vs world music
  • “as a peruvian-american i see this hybrid perspective”
  • can rah, caroline stockhousen, david bowie
  • computer ensamble named BEEP



  • https://davilamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Del Lumanta

Del Lumanta makes space and music.


we talk about:


  • all girls electronics
  • the dangers of exclusive inclusivity
  • making space for people with no spaces
  • bro culture
  • trump
  • talking as part of process
  • coming into a certain consciousness of the self
  • honesty and consideration of others
  • galaxy taro app




Laura Boynes

Laura Boynes makes and dances in theatres and other environments.


we spoke about:

  • wonder woman
  • having mentors and peers
  • “i’m making a dance because”
  • process
  • feminism




people mentioned:

Laurie Young

Laurie Young is a Canadian choreographer and dancer living in Berlin, Germany.


  • we speak about life in canada, berlin, gold coast
  • being a woman of colour
  • working in museums
  • beyond dance choreography
  • upsetting the oppression of public spaces



Paschal Daantos Berry

Paschal Daantos Berry is fascinating and generous with his insight.

“It’s important to me that a work is doing what it says it’s doing” PB


we talk about:

  • heritage
  • erasure of culture
  • introducing oneself
  • levels of social invisibility
  • otherness
  • writing practise
  • not villianising your foe
  • direct contact with war artifacts and their lasting imprints on landscape
  • confrontation
  • being a curator
  • working within institutions
  • “i’ve never prescribed to the idea that there is an end to a question” – PB
  • decolonising oneself
  • to usurp capitalism
  • being connected to history through objects